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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Research PhD

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About our programmes

English at Hull is friendly, inclusive and supportive, and characterised by the internationally excellent research that informs our postgraduate degree supervision. Our academic staff have expertise in all literary periods, from Old Norse to 21st century literature. We have renowned expertise in medieval literature and medievalism, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, early modern literature and politics, 19th-century studies (particularly the novel and the visual arts), modern and contemporary literature (particularly poetry and fiction), genre fiction (gothic, crime and science fiction), and creative writing.

We offer two research options for postgraduate students – MRes English (Literature and Creative Writing pathways) or a PhD (English or Creative Writing). You have access to the superb facilities of the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, as well as our Graduate School. PhD students have exclusive use of the library’s Postgraduate Lounge. Research is strongly interdisciplinary and enhanced by the research networks of its centres: the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Training in subject-specific research skills and methodologies is provided by the department, on top of the University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme.

Details

Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MA by Research 1 year 2 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, May or September

Research

Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics. Research fits into six key themes:

Medieval

Research in medieval literature at the University of Hull encompasses a complementary but diverse range of specialisms, with particular expertise in Chaucer, late medieval drama, and representations of the Middle Ages in film, media and television.

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Early Modern

The Renaissance and Early Modern cluster has strong research and teaching expertise in Shakespeare; Andrew Marvell; sixteenth and seventeenth-century drama and poetry; literature and politics; Renaissance intertextualities; drama and visual culture; and the literature of ruins. Research is supported by the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, which hosts a range of events, including the annual Andrew Marvell Lecture. 

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18th and 19th Century

The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cluster constitutes a lively and enterprising research culture at the cutting-edge of international and interdisciplinary scholarship. Research is supported by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS).

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Modern and Contemporary

Research expertise includes work on: D.H. Lawrence; R.S. Thomas, crime fiction; gothic, horror and science fiction; women's writing; and literature and the life cycle (age, youth, children's literature).

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Creative Writing

Our creative writers have expertise in creative non-fiction, crime fiction, the novel, short fiction including flash fiction, and poetry. Research is supported by The Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing, which has hosted many of the world's finest writers such as Hilary Mantel, Christopher Hampton, Edna O'Brien, and Kate Mosse.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, the fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

You should submit a sample of your written work in the relevant subject of at least 4000 words (for MA by Research) and at least 10,000 words (for PhD).

With your application, you should also submit a research proposal that should be tailored to your research area and should include the following:

  • project title,
  • project synopsis (of c. 500 words),
  • series of research questions,
  • discussion of research context,
  • consideration of the research methods and methodology to be employed,
  • bibliography

Research proposals should not exceed 1500 words in length (excluding bibliography). 

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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